A review of measurement-based assessments of the aerosol direct radiative effect and forcing

  title={A review of measurement-based assessments of the aerosol direct radiative effect and forcing},
  author={Hongbin Yu and Yoram J. Kaufman and Mian Chin and Graham Feingold and Lorraine A. Remer and Theodore L. Anderson and Yves Balkanski and Nicolas Bellouin and Olivier Boucher and S. Christopher and Phil DeCola and Ralph Kahn and Dorothy M Koch and Norman G. Loeb and M. Suryanarayana Reddy and Michael Schulz and Toshihiko Takemura and Mei-fu Zhou},
Aerosols affect the Earth’s energy budget directly by scattering and absorbing radiation and indirectly by acting as cloud condensation nuclei and, thereby, affecting cloud properties. However, large uncertainties exist in current estimates of aerosol forcing because of incomplete knowledge concerning the distribution and the physical and chemical properties of aerosols as well as aerosol-cloud interactions. In recent years, a great deal of effort has gone into improving measurements and… CONTINUE READING


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